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Risk-Taking Behaviors in West Texas Youth: A Community Action Research Approach

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Community Action Research continues to be a growing trend among criminologists as an approach to collaborative knowledge creation, to reduce the scholar/community practitioner gap, and to create social change and support social justice. Using evidence–based approach, the current study developed a baseline for a local NGO to advance specific interventions for target communities at West Texas where statistics report a school population (K-12) of approximately 55% Hispanic, 31% Caucasian, and 14% African American students and an average family annual income of $38,602. The study design focused on three primary themes: risk-taking behaviors in and out of school (e.g., substance use, carrying a gun), school, and family contexts. Survey questions were adapted from nationally representative studies (e.g., Center for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey) to generate knowledge on the state of local youth outcomes as compared to national/state data. The relationships between family-school contexts and youth risk-taking behaviors are examined using multiple regression models. Data used for the current study is based on Wave I collected across 6 counties in West Texas (N=600). Needs assessment procedures as well as scholar-community partnership challenges and opportunities are described. Methodological and practical implications for scholars, practitioners, and policy makers are also discussed.
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Trejos-Castillo, Elizabeth. and Carroll, Matthew. "Risk-Taking Behaviors in West Texas Youth: A Community Action Research Approach" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL, Nov 14, 2012 <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p586522_index.html>

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Trejos-Castillo, E. and Carroll, M. , 2012-11-14 "Risk-Taking Behaviors in West Texas Youth: A Community Action Research Approach" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p586522_index.html

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Abstract: Community Action Research continues to be a growing trend among criminologists as an approach to collaborative knowledge creation, to reduce the scholar/community practitioner gap, and to create social change and support social justice. Using evidence–based approach, the current study developed a baseline for a local NGO to advance specific interventions for target communities at West Texas where statistics report a school population (K-12) of approximately 55% Hispanic, 31% Caucasian, and 14% African American students and an average family annual income of $38,602. The study design focused on three primary themes: risk-taking behaviors in and out of school (e.g., substance use, carrying a gun), school, and family contexts. Survey questions were adapted from nationally representative studies (e.g., Center for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey) to generate knowledge on the state of local youth outcomes as compared to national/state data. The relationships between family-school contexts and youth risk-taking behaviors are examined using multiple regression models. Data used for the current study is based on Wave I collected across 6 counties in West Texas (N=600). Needs assessment procedures as well as scholar-community partnership challenges and opportunities are described. Methodological and practical implications for scholars, practitioners, and policy makers are also discussed.


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